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Watch the Western Swing Guitar Guidebook online guitar lesson by Ray Nijenhuis from Western Swing Guitar Guidebook

Hi, I'm Ray Nijenhuis and welcome to the Western Swing Guitar Guidebook. Swing or Western swing; what's the difference? There's hardly any other style that combines so many varieties of American roots music as Western swing: Blues, big band, hot jazz, New Orleans, pop songs from the 20's and 30's, cowboy songs, boogie-woogie, even Hawaiian songs - and the guitar is in the hot seat.

This Western Swing Guitar Guidebook will give you the tools to expand and upgrade your basic swing rhythm playing. We'll go from one chord in four beats to chords with inner voicings and bass melodies, using chromaticism, inversions and chord substitutes. We'll look at imitating the cool 3 part harmonies of a string or horn section with just one guitar. You'll get a great tool for creating supercool twin lead solos. And we'll investigate the "5-of-rule", one of the basics to create a moving and alternating bass.

Chordal riffs and fills will make you sound like a string or horn section all by yourself. We'll create anticipation and suspense using the jazzier ii-V-I progression and dig into melodic rhythm playing á la "Faded Love" by chord wizard Eldon Shamblin.

Would you rather stay stagnant in one position or enrich your backup parts? You'll open up the fretboard by playing inversions of common dominant seventh chords. And what about turning a standard I-IV-V blues progression upside down and inside out? We'll learn how to play backup in a two chord, square dance fiddle tune without ever getting bored.

This guidebook goes beyond playing licks. Now, I don't pretend to be a complete resource in any way, but I will provide you with the essential tools and concepts to inspire you to pick up the guitar and get into this classic American roots music, originated in Texas. This course comes with tabs, backing tracks, and text descriptions. Okay, here we go!